Bill Barr's Defense of Trump Is 'an Outrage,' Legal Expert Says: 'The Attorney General...Is a Fox News Bot'

Legal experts slammed Attorney General Bill Barr Tuesday for his ongoing efforts to undermine the inspector general report that debunked several GOP conspiracy theories regarding the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Barr has followed President Donald Trump's cue in misrepresenting the report's findings, contradicting the work of his own Justice Department and Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper on CNN Tuesday, the channel's chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin delivered an impassioned censure of Barr's support for the president.

"The attorney general of the United States is a Fox News bot, and it's an outrage," Toobin said, describing Barr's assertion that the FBI was "wiring people up" to spy on the Trump campaign as "a complete invention."

"The fact that the attorney general of the United States keeps demanding investigation after investigation until he gets the results that he wants? That's something that happens in the Soviet Union, not in the United States," Toobin added.

Trump and his allies have been spinning Monday's long-awaited report to continue their attacks on the FBI.

Though it disproved many of Trump's theories, the report did find serious mistakes in the application process for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to surveil Trump aide Carter Page.

Upon the release of the report, Trump told reporters the findings were "far worse than I would have ever thought." At a campaign rally on Tuesday, Trump branded the FBI "scum" in one of his harshest criticisms of the organization to date.

"The president has lied about this constantly—he's still lying about it," Toobin told Cooper. "And the thing that is just so disgraceful is that he is being enabled, supported and endorsed by the attorney general of the United States, who should know better."

Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker joined appeared alongside Toobin on CNN Tuesday, and suggested Barr's continued support for the president's conspiracy theories "sends a terrible message" to the FBI and the American people.

"The FBI is not a broken organization," Baker added. "It's demoralizing, I think, when the attorney general makes these kind of statements about the investigative work that we did, and it certainly deters people from wanting to be involved in these kinds of cases."

Barr described the probe process as "spying," repeating one of Trump's talking points.

Baker dismissed the assertion, explaining, "If this is spying, then under the attorney general guidelines and the law supported by Mr Barr, then his Department of Justice and FBI are spying all the time, because this is lawful activity—it's not spying."

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In this file photo, Attorney General Bill Barr speaks during an event at the U.S. Department of Justice on December 3, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Getty
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